Chelsea vs Reading: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on August 22, 2012

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Chelsea play their first home game of the season as newly promoted Reading come to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The Blues made a winning start on Sunday with an impressive 2-0 win away at Wigan, summer signing Eden Hazard made a superb competitive debut for the club bagging two assists.

Last seasons Championship title winners arrive at the Bridge following a 1-1 draw with Stoke on the opening day and Brian Mcdermott must ensure his players are not star struck when they take on the European champions tonight.

Team News

Roberto di Matteo will be without David Luiz who misses out with a knee injury, Gary Cahill will come in to replace the Brazilian alongside John Terry at the back.

Marko Marin is also out with a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him on the sidelines until after the international break.

However, Ramires returns after missing the Wigan game through illness, with Ryan Bertrand likely to make way if Di Matteo brings the Brazilian midfielder straight back in. Oscar made an impressive cameo on Sunday but is expected to remain on the bench.

Jem Karacan misses out for Reading with a dead leg while striker Jason Roberts completes the final game of his three match ban.

Jimmy Kebe remains on the sidelines with a hamstring problem and Pavel Pogrebnyak is likely to make way for midfielder Gareth McCleary as Mcdermott opts to play just one up top.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Despite Reading’s spirited display against Stoke at the weekend, playing away to the European champions is a whole new ball game. We can’t see anything other than a comfortable Chelsea win here. Chelsea 3-0 Reading

What would be your Chelsea team? What do you think the score will be? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Manboth

    August 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Reading player on Sky Sport threatens to kick Hazard tonight at Stamford Bridge to stop him.

  2. Esan Olajide

    August 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Chelsea 3 Reading 1; Hazard, Torres and Lampard will score…

  3. spotty

    August 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    It’s time to run up the score.

  4. Brite

    August 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Chelsea will win 5 -0 .and oscar will score his first goal…RDM please sign a stricker please oh because we hope in you and i 4 ever love cfc.

  5. precious

    August 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Chelsea 6 reading 0…
    Dimateo plz bring moses n cavani b4 its 2 late…
    Up blues

  6. Oyibo Isaiah

    August 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Chelsea 5 reading 0. Pls we need stricker because we can depend on torres alon

  7. Downtew

    August 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    chelsea will win 6-0. torres 3 hazard 2 and one by oscar. chelsea up!! i love you!

  8. stephen seagal

    August 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    RDM pls giv mata brake,and let him rest.start oscar 2day.mata performance in our previous matchs is very poor which clearly inindicated dat he is tired n he nid rest.pls giv oscar chance 2day.i’m espectin goal from lampard;harzad,torres n oscar.4-0 in favour of blus.up blus.

  9. stephen seagal

    August 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    RDM pls giv mata brake,and let him rest.start oscar 2day.mata performance in our previous matchs is very poor which clearly inindicated dat he is tired n he nid rest.pls giv oscar chance 2day.i’m espectin goal from lampard;harzad,torres n oscar.4-0 in favour of blus.up blus.blus 4 eva.

  10. Ameh

    August 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Its going 2 be a tough game but chelsea wl win. My stats: cech iva cahil tery cole lampard mikel hazard mata ramires torres

  11. Azzcfc

    August 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    ivanovic, terry, cahill, cole
    essein, lampard
    ramires, hazard, oscar

    chelsea 4-0 reading

  12. Miled Akkary

    August 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm


    Ivanovic – Cahill – Terry – Cole

    Oscar – Lampard

    Ramires – Mata – Hazard


    Subs: Hilario – Surridge – Mikel – Bertrand – Ferreira – Malouda – Essien

    My prediction: Chelsea 4 Reading 0

    Goal scorers: Hazard – Terry – Torres – Lampard

  13. makinwa olubunmi henry

    August 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Nobody can stop my boy dat is my own messi (hazard) up blus

  14. Oyeyemi Hagios

    August 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    We need to rest Mata and Cole for saturday’s cracker.

  15. Oyeyemi Hagios

    August 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    We need to rest Mata, Lampard and Cole for saturday’s cracker.

  16. Ogunfodunrin Remilekun Adedayo

    August 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I don’t care wat d scoreline is, all I need is 3points n an injury-free squad. But I’ll love to c Torres on d score sheet. Up Blues! KTBFFH!

  17. Zulkiful

    August 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Chealsea 4 reading 0

  18. Ollygee

    August 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Today’s match will gonna hard but chelsea will carry the day with 3:0. Oscar, lampard (pen.) and torres. Good luck

  19. prince

    August 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Well, the match will likely end with a difference of 2goals- may be 2-0 or 3-1 . The likely line up will b Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Hazard, Betrand and El ninno. Mata and Oscar wil likely start from the bench.

  20. arthur

    August 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    It will be 4 – 0 chelsea will win Torres and mata will net a first half goal Sturridge will score off the bench in the 70th minute and in the 80th minute eden hazard will score

  21. maambo chitanda

    August 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    big up to chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Benjamin Kulugh

    August 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Go go!!! CHELSEA & grab d 3 points. Chel 4-0 Read.

  23. kruusy

    August 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    chelsea will if they are serious and play like prediction is 4-0 my line up is cech ivanovic betrand mikel terry cahil ramirez piazon torres oscar hazard sub:sturridge,ferriera,turnbull,romeu,benayoun,essien.we need to rest mata,lampard,cole so that they will not be worn out before d league set wel.rdm should give piazon,romeu,kakuta chance to prove their selves.thanks

  24. wellington

    August 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I see chelsea going down to 2 nil

  25. Torres

    August 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Reading 6 chelsea 1

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